30 January 2020

Announcements for this Saturday, February 1st


Just checking in from Pittsburgh! I'll be home tomorrow night in plenty of time for rehearsal!

This Saturday's rehearsal schedule:
8:30 Sectionals
Strings all together, woodwinds, brass and harps in their regular places
9:00 Lark Ascending
If you don't play in this piece you may stay in your sectionals
9:30 to about 10:45 Planets
About 10:45 to 11 Narnia

Thanks for everything!


23 January 2020

Announcements for Saturday, 25 January


Remember, we are in partnership together for a smooth running rehearsal. Please fill out the attendance form as needed, from now until the end of the year, even if I don't remind you each week.

We have 4 rehearsals before the day of the concert. 

This week's rehearsal schedule:

8:30 am Sectionals
Lark Ascending Woodwinds + 2 French Horns - in the woodwind area, 8:30 to 9:15. They will join the strings at 9:15 for a 15 minute Lark Ascending rehearsal. (If you are a woodwind and don't play in Lark Ascending, you can arrive at 9:30.)

Brass - All the rest who aren't with the ww - Where you normally go, until 9:35.

Strings - all together. No separate sectionals.

Harps - in your sectional room so you can work together.

9:15 am - Lark Ascending for 20 minutes.

9:35 am - Planets 

10:30 am - Nigun - Rebecca will be out of town next week, so this needs to be a good one! Mr Dunn met with her this week and we expect this to be a very productive rehearsal.

11:00 am - head home and have a great weekend!

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the readers of this email. Everything runs more smoothly when we're all on the same page.

16 January 2020

Saturday's Rehearsal Schedule - January 18th


Attendance Form
This week, I was planning to put in a plug for using the attendance form, and then I sent out the little email a couple hours ago asking for just that, and got half a dozen immediate responses! Thanks! 

I just want you to know how much it helps me when I'm setting up the orchestra to have that spreadsheet that shows me who's not coming! Thank you to all who use it to let me know when you will be gone. There is a link in the signature to every email I send out, as well as a link on the tabs (or menu, on a phone) on the website. 

If you know you will be missing rehearsals anytime between now and the end of the year, you can fill it out for future dates. That also helps when we are planning ahead for sectionals or special guests (which happens once in a while)! 

We are proud of having people from our orchestra participate in All-State, and other things, but we need you in partnership - by filling out the attendance form - to make sure rehearsals run smoothly, as planned, and there are no surprises with key people missing or sections decimated!

Music Stand Conundrum
If possible, for sectionals, please use the music stands set up for you in the gym. When you grab stands from the cart in the hall, the chamber orchestra ends up not having enough when they set up. You should see the wild look of panic in their eyes when there are no more stands! ;)

Rehearsal Schedule for this Saturday, January 18th
Sectionals - starting at 8:30
Strings, separate sectionals at 8:30 for about 20-25 minutes or until Mr Dunn comes to get you, then full string group in the gym - you know where to go. Firsts on stage, Seconds across from the ww, violas in the hall, cellos in the gym, basses by the art room.

Harps - in the room where you practiced before, until 9:45

WW and Brass - Sectionals until 9:15, then all Lark Ascending people to the full orchestra. WW and Brass who do not play in Lark Ascending may continue sectional until 9:45 (or whatever your section specialist chooses for you). 

WELCOME and THANK YOU to Mrs Erickson who will be filling in for Andrew Watkins this Saturday! She plays French Horn and teaches at BRHS.

Full Lark Ascending Orchestra - 9:15 to 9:45

Planets - 9:45 to about 10:30

Nigun from Baal Shem - About 10:30 until 11:00

Thanks, everyone! Let's put this thing together! We have a lot to do. Stay focused. Leave your phones alone! 5 rehearsals and a dress left before the concert!

The concert will be February 22nd at Logan High School. Here is the schedule. (There will not be any morning rehearsal that day.)
Set Up - Noon - Let's be ready to rehearse early!
NUYS Rehearsal on Stage - 12:30 to 2:15
NUYCO Rehearsal on Stage - 2:30 to 3:30
Concert - 4:00 pm (admission is free)
I'll bring Narnia this Saturday if I can remember! Haha ~ Sorry about forgetting last week!



This Saturday - Will you be gone?

As we work on the schedule for this Saturday's  rehearsal, we really need to know how many key players (that means all of you!) will NOT be there!

The Attendance Form is the best way to let me know, but it's also fine if you reply to this email, or reply to the remind I just sent out. 

Main potential conflict: All State!




11 January 2020


We're going ahead with the recital tonight. Due to the weather, please plan extra travel time. We will go ahead with it, with whoever can make it. Stay safe!


10 January 2020

NUYS Announcements for 11 January 2020


Please read all the announcements this week. There are some differences from previous weeks.

Rehearsal Schedule
8:30 - Sectionals - come early to set up so sectionals can start on time

Woodwinds & Brass in their regular locations (WW right hallway, to the left and Brass left hallway to the right)

Strings separate at 8:30, then combined in the gym at 9:15
Violin 1 on stage, Violin 2 across from WW, Viola in entry hall, Cellos in gym, Basses by the art room, Harps in the same room as last week

9:30 - Lark Ascending Rehearsal
This leaves a group of people out in the hall, or continuing to practice, but Chamber sectionals take precedence for space, so you might need to bring UNO cards! Harps can stay in their area during this time. Doing Lark Ascending early will help Mr Dunn endure the rehearsal. Last time the conducting wore him out! He thanks you all for your kind patience in this matter.

9:55 - Planets

9:40 - Nigun (2nd movement) from Baal Shem
This is the new piece that will be handed out tomorrow. Rebecca Hales will be our soloist. The score does not include trombones or tuba, (but there is a harp part!) so although you have to wait through Lark Ascending, we will not make you wait through this one. 

A note about the music: It is a rental and the sheet music must be safeguarded with great care. Especially keep it from being crumpled or exposed to food, and any marks must be in pencil and be very neat and tidy!

Homework - Very Important
Please go to the following Youtube links before rehearsal and watch so you are familiar with the music. This will make or break our time on this piece tomorrow!
This is the Nigun performed by Itzhak Perlman with piano accompaniment. Totally worth your time!

Saturday, February 22nd, Concert at Logan High
Last call for any conflicts or concerns about setting the time for 4 pm. We will be setting the rest of the dress rehearsal schedule this week!

Recital Night
Our recital is tomorrow night, 6:30 pm in the Brigham City Tabernacle. For performers to warm up or run short bits with their accompanist, I will be there to facilitate that at 5:30. 

Our program will be as follows: 

Utah Symphony All-Star Concert FYI
Each year when we perform at the Youth Symphony Festival at Abravanel Hall (which will be March 2nd this year), we qualify to nominate some of our musicians to perform side-by-side with the Utah Symphony in a special concert designed specifically for them. Due to some scheduling difficulties, this year's concert will be much earlier than in previous years. The date is Thursday, March 19th. The rehearsals will begin 4 weeks prior to the event, which means those who participate will be already rehearsing before we go to Abravanel Hall for the festival that qualifies us to participate. This will only apply to a small number of players, generally seniors, but I wanted to make sure you knew about it, especially because of the changes that have been made. I will be attending the meeting in Salt Lake this afternoon to find out who we can nominate. 


03 January 2020

Announcements for Tomorrow's Rehearsal and PARTY (January 4th)

Greetings! Welcome to 2020!

If you have friends, especially those who play violin or viola, we'd love to have them come play along at our rehearsal this Saturday. Reply to this email and let me know if this might be happening so we don't have too many surprises! Friends are also welcome to stay for the party!

Food for the Party
This Saturdaypotluck food for the party should be dropped off when you arrive in the hall. There will be a table provided, so the set up people know what they have to work with. 

This Saturday's rehearsal schedule will be as follows:
Sectionals 8:30 to 9:25
Strings - Go straight to separate sections at the beginning. Come back to the gym for full string sectional by 9:15.
Violin 1 on the stage
Violin 2 across from the woodwinds
Viola in the entrance hall
Cello in the gym
Bass in the hall by the art room
Woodwinds - down the right hall to the left
Brass - down the left hall to the right
Harps - I will assign you a space upon arrival where you can practice together

Full rehearsal beginning at 9:30 - Jupiter, then Mars

Lark Ascending at about 10:30

NEW DECADE Party at 11:00. We will start with food, then the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Keep it under $5. Extra kudos for music related items.

A note about repertoire: 
The concert on February 22nd will be Jupiter, Mars, The Lark Ascending, and one other piece (Rebecca's concerto - a rental piece arriving in January). We have Lark Ascending additional parts (if you didn't get one - Bassoons, Basses, maybe others) to hand out tomorrow. 

Baal-Shem (Rebecca Hale's piece) is in the mail. I received shipping notice today. We will be handing it out next week. (Narnia too. See below.)

We will also be handing out Narnia in January to add to our program for Abravanel Hall, March 2nd, so we will play Mars, Jupiter and Narnia for that performance.

The recital is scheduled for NEXT WEEK, January 11th, at 6:30 pm in the Brigham City Tabernacle. We currently have only 7 people signed up. We would like at least 3 more. PLEASE, if you have a piece to perform, as a solo or ensemble/duet, hit reply on this email and let me know! This is a great opportunity to perform! 

My current list is: Jacob Rockwood on piano, Archer Crawford on oboe, Talmage Kay on viola, Alexis Jensen on oboe, Dallin Murrow on cello, Kristene Murrow on violin, and Emily Rockwood on violin. If you signed up and I missed putting you on this list, please let me know so I can add you. If you want to participate, the deadline for signing up is this Sunday, January 5th. Thanks!

Upcoming Schedule
7 rehearsals until the next concert: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15

Concert is February 22. The time is not yet set, but I've had several ask for 4 pm. Please reply if you have concerns about this time!


01 January 2020

Free Music! (again)

Hello Music Teachers! 

This is Josie Anderson; I'm the Managing Assistant for the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society. I work closely with Julie Gardner. In August, Julie and I sent an email to all of you offering a large collection of free music located in Julie's garage. Thank you to those who came, looked through the collection, and took some music home! 

There are still over 800 folders full of music left unclaimed. Please look through THIS spreadsheet; notice the tabs at the bottom. In the left tab you will see everything in one place, and in the many other tabs, I have put together separate lists by category. As music is claimed, I will update the spreadsheet with a strike-through on the music no longer available. 

Please have a look and let us know if there's anything you would like! The only thing we request is that if you claim it, we will send you an address, and you pick it up in a timely manner! Any music left unclaimed by the end of February will be advertised on KSL Classifieds or recycled.

Here's hoping that by doing this, we can give back to the music community that has supported us for so many years!

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested! 

Thank you. Feel free to reply to this email or text me (Josie) anytime with questions.

Josie Anderson, Managing Assistant of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society (435) 452-8173
Julie Gardner, Managing Director of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony (435) 740-4335